Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity is opposed to any relaxation of the current tail docking legislation in Scotland. We believe that puppies suffer unnecessary pain as a result of docking and are deprived of a vital form of canine expression.
Dogs Trust has grave reservations regarding the upcoming Scottish Government consultation. We will continue to stand up for spaniels and hunt point retriever puppies, as from a welfare and ethical perspective, we would question whether the reduction in possible injury risk justifies the pain involved with tail docking.
We are calling on all animal lovers to make their views heard by responding to the consultation which closes on 3rd May 2016.
Views sought on whether exemptions to ban on tail docking should be allowed Views are being sought on whether some exemptions to the ban on docking dogs' tails should be allowed. The practice was outlawed completely in Scotland in 2007, although exemptions exist in other parts of the UK. The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a possible alteration to the tightly-defined rules.